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Jan 2, 2010 4:30am EST
. gwen: happy new year! but, before we look ahead, we take a look back tonight on "washington week." a thwarted attempt to blow a plane from the sky revives old fears about terrorism, and the tradeoffs we make to feel safe. >> this was a serious reminder of the dangers that we face and the nature of those who threaten our homeland. >> the threat to the united states is real. i think this administration has downplayed it. they need to recognize it. gwen: at the end of the year and the end of a decade, a new scare. michael duffy of "time" magazine provides context. then, a roundtable with three "washington week" panelists whose books tell us much about the year just passed and the year to come. dan balz, author of "the battle for america 2008: the story of an extraordinary election," joan biskupic, the author of "american original," a biography of the supreme court justice antonin scalia, david sanger, author of "the inheritance," a look at the challenges of our foreign policy. >> celebrating 40 years of journalistic excellence, from our nation's capital, this is "washington week" wi
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Jan 8, 2010 10:00pm EST
tours washington's heart of darkness from down pennsylvania avenue, over to k street where the lobbyists cluster like vultures, then past the local branch of goldman sachs-- also known as the u.s. treasury-- and up to capitol hill, where key members kneel in supplication to receive their morning tithes from the holy church of the almighty dollar. as kevin drum writes, a year after the biggest bailouts in u.s. history, wall street owns washington lock, stock and debit card. kevin drum, formerly with "washington monthly," is now the political blogger at "mother jones." he's here to talk about his report, along with david corn, who's been covering washington for 23 years and is now "mother jones" washington bureau chief. welcome to you both. >> moyers: welcome to both of >> good to be with you, bill. >> moyers: let me read you a letter that was posted on our website a few days ago from a faithful viewer. his name is mike demmer. i don't know him personally, but i like to hear from him. he says, "dear bill, i watch your program all the time. what i don't understand is how a bunch o
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Jan 29, 2010 7:00pm EST
", washington. >> tom: here are the stories in tonight's "nbr newswheel". so much for wall street's early gains on that strong g.d.p. number. stocks turned south at midday on worries the pace of economic growth can't stay that high. commodity and tech stocks were hit hard. the dow fell 53 points, the nasdaq dropped 31, and the s&p 500 was down ten. a closer look coming up in "market focus". toyota says a fix is coming soon. next week, the automaker plans to tell millions of customers how it will fix their gas pedals. the associated press reports toyota is shipping new gas pedal assemblies to its plants to get production rolling again. honda, the other big japanese carmaker, is recalling the honda fit for a potential fire hazard. nearly 650,000 of the compact cars are at risk around the world. the motor on the power windows could overheat and catch fire. and tesla motors, a boutique maker of electric sportscars, wants to go mainstream. late today it filed for a $100 million initial public offering. it will use the money to develop its brand. >> susie: now that the white house is focused on
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Jan 28, 2010 6:00pm EST
urgent problems to solve (applause). >> warner: back in washington, there were mixed signals on the prospects for bipartisan progress. lawmakers from both parties agreed with the focus on creating jobs but not on the best way to do it. >> the president and i agree on the need to meet in the middle to find bipartisan agreement to grow jobs. >> warner: senate minority leader mitch mcconnell was on the floor earlier declaring he was ready to work with the president. >> we know increased american energy without a new national energy tax will grow good jobs. we know that increasing markets for our farmers, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers overseas through trade agreements will grow good jobs. we can get these done and i hope the president will join us in calling on the majority to bring these issues to the floor here in the senate. >> reporter: and democrats promised to roll out a new jobs agenda within the week. >> the three top issues on our agenda this year are jobs, jobs, and jobs. neither party can afford to overlook this issue or it will be seen as obstructing on it. if either part
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Jan 18, 2010 5:30pm EST
washington in style, by train on his formal inaugural journey. today, as barack obama deals with the realities of government, our correspondent has been retracing the route of that whistles stop tour -- was stopped -- whistle-stop tour. >> they came out to see their man on way to the white house. >> temperatures that were beyond frigid. they stood for hours to get a glimpse of this african-american man who was achieving the great american dream. >> as i prepare to leave for washington on a trip that you made possible -- >> baltimore was 4 days prior and for weeks after -- baltimore was for days prior and for weeks after -- >> i am not going alone. i will be taking you with me. >> baltimore, a largely black and democratic city. many feel the same enthusiasm for the man. >> asking one year later, how do you think barack obama is doing? >> it politicians and pundits sees a clear divide developing -- a politician and pundit sees a clear divide developing. >> the african-american community feels that the white community should give him more time. >> that is all it is. >> he cannot change
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Jan 6, 2010 7:00pm EST
. this is my moment to step aside. >> tom: chris dodd, one of washington's most powerful voices is leaving the senate, raising questions about the future of financial regulatory reform. >> susie: but meredith whitney, one of wall street's most powerful voices says dodd's departure won't silence calls for banking reform. you're watching "nightly business report" for wednesday, january 6. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening, susie. good evening, everyone. so the man leading the charge in the u.s. senate to reform the nation's financial system is leaving capitol hill at the end of the year. >> susie: tom, that was a hot topic even outside washington. connecticut's democratic senator chris dodd said today he will not run for another term, a decision that could have big implications for financial reform. >> tom: dodd chairs the powerful senate banking committee, which is in the midst of re-writing the rules for wall street. as
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Jan 21, 2010 7:00pm EST
from washington to wall street. you're watching "nightly business report" for thursday, january 21. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program was made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> susie: good evening everyone. president obama proposed today tough new rules on the nation's biggest banks, restricting their size and their activities. tom, he said the plan would limit quote "reckless risks". >> tom: susie, that announcement from the president in washington reverberated on wall street. investors dumped stocks; the dow tumbled 213 points and the nasdaq lost 25, putting both indices into negative territory for the year. >> susie: the core concern is that the obama plan forces banks to choose commercial banking or investment banking. they can't do both. washington bureau chief darren gersh explains. >> reporter: the president said he was naming his new banking rules after the big guy standing behind him. that big guy is paul volcker, the former federal
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Jan 15, 2010 6:00pm EST
official washington from the white house on down. president obama managed to get through to haiti's president rene preval on the telephone this morning. >> i pledged america's continued commitment to the government and the people of haiti in the immediate effort to save lives and deliver relief, and in the long-term effort to rebuild. >> holman: for now, severe damage to the port-au-prince harbor made airlifts the only reliable way to get the aid onshore. and helicopters from the newly arrived u.s. navy aircraft carrier "carl vinson" ferried in their first relief supplies today. but the city's badly damaged airport remained a bottleneck. with the control tower disabled, the u.s. military officially took over takeoffs and landings today. these soldiers from the 82nd airborne division shipped out yesterday, but did not set down until late last night, after waiting hours to be cleared to land. in washington, the growing desperation in haiti intensified the focus on the pentagon's efforts to get the aid operation into high gear. u.s. military leaders said today there could be 10,000 ame
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Jan 27, 2010 6:00pm EST
different? >> well, you know, that is what washington does every speech. it becomes a speech of the lifetime. no doubt it's an important speech and it's an important speech because americans have been through a very difficult time and they're looking for a sense of what the future will hold. the president is going to talk about where we've been and where we're going and how we create jobs in this country that pay well, see wages grow, and secure the middle class again after this very difficult period we've been through. >> ifill: the president is expected to call for a three-year spending-- freeze on some domestic spending, and, yet also for an increase in education spending. how do you balance all that out? >> just like any family or business does, gwen. everybody in hard times has to make choices. you have to prioritize. you have to do without the things you can do without in order to pay for the things do you. education has to be a priority for this country because it's so much tied to the quality of life that our young people will live, and also the competitiveness of our countr
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Jan 16, 2010 1:30am EST
maybe in massachusetts, too. tonight on "washington week." >> to the people of haiti we say clearly and with conviction you will not be foresaken, you will not be forgotten. in this, your greatest need, america stands with you. gwen: a terrible earthquake. >> this is a major catastrophe for haiti. gwen: a devastating death toll. >> we need more people down here! gwen: uncertainty everywhere. >> the most urgent thing we can do now is get them through the next week to 10 days. we have to find the living and the dead and we have to take care of both. gwen: can haiti, plagued by decades of deprivation, survive? in washington, the president talks tough to bankers paying themselves big bonuses. >> we want our money back and we're going to get it. gwen: but will taxpayers still pay in the end? and in massachusetts, a potential political upset that could undo ted kennedy's legacy. covering the week, helene cooper of "the new york times," doyle mcmanus of "the los angeles times," deborah solomon of "the wall street journal," and dan balz of "the washington post." plus, a special report from
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Jan 22, 2010 6:00pm EST
rallied in washington in the annual "march for life". it was the 37th anniversary of the supreme court decision of roe v. wade that legalized abortion. the anti-abortion crowd rallied at the white house, and then moved on to the supreme court. a handful of abortion rights supporters were also present. downpours eased today as the latest pacific storm moved out of southern california. the risk for mudslides and flooding remained, especially for residents in the foothills of the san gabriel mountains. a state of emergency was declared in five counties after nearly ten inches of rain this week. still, local officials said many evacuation orders in los angeles county will soon be lifted. those are some of the day's main stories. i'll be back at the end of the program with a preview of what you'll find tonight on the newshour's web site. but for now, back to jim. >> lehrer: and still to come on the newshour: shields and brooks; and who's in charge of the internet? that follows a rundown of a remarkable few days in politics. judy woodruff has the story. ( cheers and applause ) >> woodruff: p
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Jan 12, 2010 12:30pm EST
times," bob baer, former c.i.a. agent, and david ignatius of the "washington post." >> this was the in the minds of the jordanians and the c.i.a. sort of a gold-plated sort. a guy who could get them access to al qaeda in ways they've never seen since 9/11. >> it's going to cause the c.i.a. to pull back, the c.i.a. in afghanistan and iraq is going to second guess every person who knocks on the door. we call these walk ins like this dr. w.a.c. w.a.c.. our intelligence is going to get worse. >> this was a well planned and subtle operation. the notion that al qaeda is so much on the run now that it can't operate, it can't hit us which you were hearing over the last year from some intelligence officials have been clearly shown to be wrong. >> rose: we conclude with jason epstein, well-known editor, well-known writer about food. we'll talk about books and food. >> i would sit on the wood box next to the stove to keep warm and watch my grandmother take pies out of the oven and stews and everything she was making and i felt safe and cozy in that situation. the wind was blowing outside, the
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Jan 26, 2010 12:30pm EST
"washington post" and tom defrank of the "new york daily news". >> he has been defined by other people. he has been defined as a radical and he has failed to fight back. >> he has to do something that is, i think, counterintuitive for them as a white house. he ran as his own biography. people... it was about him in the campaign. he now has to make it about the voters. >> he can't go to the left because he doesn't have the votes in congress for the agenda that he thought he... that he thought he would have that the point. he just doesn't have the votes so he has no choice but to go to the center. but keep his seine terrorism twined up with the populist appeal and that's going to be tough. >> rose: we continue this evening with the number-one book in the country. is it about politics and the election of 2008, "game change" is the book. the authors are mark halperin and john heilemann. >> there has to be a program that fits into that narrative that appeals to obama republicans just as reagan had a program that appealed to reagan democrats. >> rose: or independents or growth in well
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Jan 29, 2010 9:30pm EST
"washington week." >> we don't quit. i don't quit. gwen: the president's big speech casts a spotlight on a critical political dilemma. >> we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. we face a deficit of trust. gwen: he took on washington. >> what frustrates the american people is a washington where every day is election day. gwen: but blames his own failings on poor communication. >> i take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the american people. gwen: and today the president took his complaint directly to his most consistent detractors, house republicans. >> i am one of 22 house freshmen. we didn't create this mess but we are here to help clean it up. gwen: what happens now? on job creation? on health care? on bipartisanship? >> we're going to look for common ground but we're not going to roll over on our principles. gwen: after a year of modest successes and setbacks, we assess the state of the union with the reporters covering the week. peter baker of "the new york times." dan balz of "the washington post." gloria borger of cnn. an
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Jan 18, 2010 12:00pm EST
washington post." the year has been highlighted by a number of domestic and foreign policy challenges. it also tonight, comedy legend bob newhart, celebrating 50 years in show business, including one of tv's true classics, "the bob newhart show." a look at president obama's first year and office -- a look at president obama's first year in office and bob newhart, coming up right now. i>> there are so many things tht walmart is looking forward to doing, like helping people live better. but mostly, we're helping build stronger communities and relationships. because with your help, the best is yet to come. >> nationwide insurance proudly supports "tavis smiley." tavis and nationwide, working to improve financial literacy and the economic empowerment that comes with it. >> ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. [captioning made possible by kcet public television] tavis: dan balz has been covering politics for the boston post more than 30 years now -- for the washington post more than 30 years now. dan, nice to have
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Jan 12, 2010 7:00pm EST
another one? susie, those will be the key questions in washington tomorrow. >> susie: tom, there's sure to be a lot of finger pointing. now a new panel will try to figure out what brought the american financial system to the brink of collapse. >> tom: it's the financial crisis inquiry commission. and for its first meeting, the heads of the nation's biggest banks have been called to explain what they did and didn't do. here's darren gersh with a preview of what to expect. >> reporter: what more could they say? big bank c.e.o.s have been dragged before congress. they have been summoned to the white house. now, economist simon johnson says the crisis commission should find out whether these lords of finance have really learned anything. >> the perception that we've had, somewhat from a distance is that they remain very arrogant, they don't recognize the mistakes that they've made and they don't understand the nature of dangerous power which they have accumulated. >> reporter: to understand that power, johnson and other observers say, the panel must get down into the nitty gritty of decisio
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Jan 5, 2010 5:30pm EST
where we see jordan split. >> you are watching "bbc world news." let's go back to washington. this is the scene live in the grand foyer. our main story, that president obama is meeting with top intelligence and security officials. we expect the president to speak in the next few moments. as we wait for him to leave that meeting and speak to the assembled media, let's speak to philip thomas. he has been away for 11 days in hawaii, and as well as the obvious security measures we think he will be announcing today, something of a damage limitation exercise politically for him. >> he wants to be in control, chris, firm, and share some of the outrage that america is feeling and show that he acknowledges the national sense of shock out there. there has been a great deal of criticism over the fact that after christmas day -- it seemed to take a few days for the white house to get its message together. he will be announcing policy changes, and we are hearing a bit of that already, with the decision for example not to repatriate yen many criminals -- yemeni criminals. >> is anybody in the fi
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Jan 20, 2010 12:00pm EST
washington and on wall street. >> i want to be presumptions and add one more st.. pennsylvania avenue. wall street, your street, and pennsylvania avenue. i was at your conference in washington were you were talking about ending poverty. you dedicate the majority of your life to eradicating poverty. it can be done. you have a plan. others have laid out plans about how we end poverty. this president has not gotten serious about ending poverty. this wall street stock -- he did that. he said the other day, they get it now. jobs, jobs, jobs, but how do we rediscover our values when the people in washington have not -- i do not want to say figure it out. it is more about making a priority to end poverty. it can be done. >> i have known him for 10 years, and when he was elected, he said, to accomplish anything important, i will need the wind of movement at my back. i said, probably one at your front. fdr needed the labor movement, so it has not yet become a social movement. i was on pennsylvania avenue before christmas with some first-time home buyers. they save their money. they even qualif
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Jan 21, 2010 12:00pm EST
number of best sellers. including "american sketches." he joins us tonight from washington. good to have you back on the program. >> and good to be back with you. tavis: let me start by asking whether or not to your mind there were any immediate comparisons, or not so immediate comparisons, that you drew between what we in toward with hurricane katrina in new orleans and what we are seeing in haiti as we speak. >> let me start with a good things. there is something about the human heart that has benevolence, compassion. when something is happening to someone else that is bad, people want to help. people are still coming into new orleans to help. that was the same instinct in haiti. the darker side of it, in new orleans whether it was that the state level, the national level, or the local level, like you did not have great governance. you do not have people working together efficiently in the government. likewise we have that problem in haiti. we talk about leadership i lot. both of those situations prove that good leadership matters. tavis: it does matter, but as good leadership matter o
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Jan 16, 2010 2:00am EST
in washington this week, but it wasn't a stickup. the new financial crisis inquiry commission, appointed by congress to find out how america got rolled, began hearings this week. these four are not the victims of one of the greatest bank heists in history; they're the perpetrators, bankers so sleek and crafty, they got off with the loot in broad daylight, and then sweet-talked the government into taxing us to pay it back. watching that scene on the opening day of the hearings, it was hard enough to believe that almost a year has passed since barack obama raised his hand, too, taking the oath of office to become our 44th president. even harder to remember what america looked like before obama, because we've also been robbed of memory, assaulted by what the nobel laureate czeslaw milosz described as a "fantastic proliferation of mass media." we live in a time "characterized by a refusal to remember." inconvenient facts simply disappear down the memory hole, as in george orwell's novel, "1984." president obama's made plenty of mistakes during his first year, and we've critiqued t
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Jan 18, 2010 7:00pm EST
. >> some in washington say when it comes to jobs: go slow, take half steps. these voices are harming millions of unemployed americans and their families, but they are also jeopardizing our economic recovery. business groups want lower taxes, more free trade, and easier access to loans wouldn't hurt. but the biggest help might be relieving wh tom donahue of the chamber of commerce calls the uncertainties plaguing job creators. >> tcreate and sustain jobs, we think we have to take this uncertainty away. uncertainty about taxes, uncertainty about... about unions, uncertainty about the availability of capital, uncertainty about the costs associated with climate and healthcare, and all of that. >> reporter: and the presidents allies are weighing in. black caucus chair barbara lee says more must be done to bring down unemployment rates for african americans, which were higher than 15% for much of last year. >> we actually, in the jobs bill, of course, focused on areas of need-- high economic impact areas, areas that have high rates of poverty, and we got what we could get given the politic
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Jan 25, 2010 7:00pm EST
washington which seems to deal mostly with emotions. my problem with bernanke is he's too much of an academic and too open about the fed's warnings so politicians and markets are losing respect for the fed. i've said since 2007 that the fed has been way too nice to wall street. but we need to remember something. if bernanke and the fed hadn't bailed out the financial , the great depression wouldn't be history. it would be current events. we have millions more unemployed. people's retirement accounts wiped out. house prices in the toilet. look, even a non-fan like me could see that bernanke cares a lot about main street. he spent his career studying the great depression trying to make sure we don't have a second one. he, better than anyone, knows how much main street would be hurt if we had a rerun. he's the same guy he was a few months ago. when washington loved him for saving the financial system. if you liked him then, you should like him now. so let's hope the senate acts like grown-ups and confirms him. we've already got big economic problems and jittery markets. the last thing w
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Jan 7, 2010 7:00pm EST
lobbying washington. >> we need to make sure that if you are going to cut reimbursement, that the payments where people are going to start having insurance are there first. don't do one and then bring the other one in, because we may not be here by the time people have insurance. >> reporter: community memorial healthcenter is not only a critical health care provider, it is also one of the largest employers in south central virginia. that combination gives this hospital and others like it across the country political clout. using that clout is rich umbdenstock's job. he heads up the american hospital association. >> our top priority is coverage. >> reporter: coverage that starts sooner and covers more people. the house reform bill would cover 96% of the country, the senate 94%. to hospitals that is a difference of 8 million potential patients. >> that's a significant number of people, particularly if you are a provider in an area, in a community or market area that has a high percentage of uncompensated care already. >> reporter: but if hospitals get more revenue, it has to come f
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Jan 14, 2010 5:30pm EST
disaster in haiti. as technology evolves, so ways of telling stories. bbc news, washington. >> do not forget any time you want it, you can get a minute by minute update on haiti and all the international news at our website, bbc.com. the reuters news agency is putting the president as saying earthquake victims of already been buried in a common grave. thank you for being with us. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> i'm julia stiles. >> i'm kevin bacon. >> i'm kim cattrall. >> hi, i'm ken burns. >> i'm lili taylor. >> i'm henry louis gates, jr., and public broadcasting is my source for news about the world. >> for intelligent conversation. >> for election coverage you can count on. >> for conversations beyond the sound bites. >> for deciding who to vote for. >> i'm kerry washington, and public broadcasting
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Jan 26, 2010 9:30pm EST
, and you keep praying that washington will pass something that's going to reach down and help me. and it never happens. >> bergman: in fact, in the us congress, there have been some who have argued for credit card reform for decades. >> the list of troubling practices the credit card companies are engaged in is lengthy, and it is disturbing. >> bergman: but passing legislation to rein in the industry proved to be impossible... >> consumers are trapped. >> bergman: ...because the banks are one of the most powerful lobbies on the hill. >> the industry got carried away, got arrogant, and they could never be beaten, so they could do whatever they wanted to. and it was always, when i counted noses, i didn't have the votes. >> bergman: senator richard shelby is the ranking republican on the banking committee. while he has never been known as an advocate for credit card reform, he has not always sided with the banks. why hasn't there been credit card legislation to control some of these abusive practices? why did it take a near depression to do this? >> obviously, it's lobbying power. >> ber
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Jan 4, 2010 6:00pm EST
threats kept western embassies closed in yemen. president obama flew back to washington from hawaii today amid reports that dozens of new names are now on a list barred from flying into the u.s. umar farouk abdulmutallab of nigeria was not on the no-fly list before he allegedly tried to blow up northwest flight 253 on christmas day. the president ordered reviews of the list after the failed bombing. and shortly after his return to the white house today he met with john brennan, his top counterterror advisor, for an update. mr. obama had already said over the weekend that militants in yemen were directly linked to abdulmutallab. >> it appears that he joined an affiliate of al qaeda and that this group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him. >> woodruff: the u.s. and british embassies remain closed after that same al qaeda off-shoot issued new threats on sunday. other western embassies curtailed activity. and yemeny security forces killed two militants in a raid outside the capital. back in washington, secretary of state hill
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Jan 7, 2010 6:00pm EST
after an incident at the verizon center in washington, d.c. arenas has admitted to bringing hand guns into the washington wizards team locker room, a violation of league policy and, possibly, of d.c. law. but he and teammate javaris crittenton deny they actually pulled guns on each other in a disagreement over a gambling debt. the n.b.a. and the wizards initially refrained from taking any action as they waited for criminal investigations to be completed. but on tuesday, commissioner david stern suspended arenas indefinitely and without pay. in a statement, he said: >> brown: the "ongoing conduct" referred to a series of events. on new year's day, arenas wrote on his twitter page: "i wake up this morning and seen i was the new john wayne." then on tuesday of this week, arenas joked about commissioner stern: >> who do you fear more, stern or the actual authorities? >> i mean, stern is... is... mean... ( laughs ) but, uh... >> reporter: that same night, arenas was photographed pointing his fingers-- as if they were guns-- at his teammates before a game in philadelphia. the arenas story i
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Jan 9, 2010 1:30am EST
. welcome to a busy new year tonight on "washington week." now in h.d. >> ultimately the buck stops with me. as president, i have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people. when the system fails it is my responsibility. >> i told the president today, i let limb down. i told him that i will do better and he will do better as a team. >> at the end of the week, one thing is clear. there's plenty of blame to go around as officials search for explanation at the white house, in a detroit courtroom and on capitol hill and at the central intelligence agency. morning the loss of seven of its own in afghanistan. on the domestic front, politician rules the day as leading democrats leave the fray. >> there are moments for each elected public official to step aside and let someone else step up. this is my moment to step aside. gwen: health care negotiations go behind closed doors. >> mr. president, i'm sorry to say that first time in american history, for the first time in american history a mill party has chosen to stand on the sidelines. >> i don't think we're on the sidelines in
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Jan 14, 2010 6:00pm EST
from the u.s. to haiti were halted. air shipments of aid resumed later in the day. in washington, president obama called the haiti crisis a moment for american leadership. he announced an initial installment of $100 million in help for the country. >> this will mean more of the lifesaving equipment, food, water and medicine that will be needed. this investment will grow over the coming year as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy. >> reporter: the first wave of the u.s. effort involved a detachment of some 100 soldiers from the army's 82nd airborne division. they left fort bragg, north carolina today. their main task is to prepare for the arrival friday of more than 800 other u.s. military personnel. and thousands of additional u.s. troops are expected to head to haiti in the coming days. at the same time, the president warned a relief effort of this magnitude will not happen all at once. >> even as we move as quickly as possible, it will take hours, and in many cases days, to get all of our people and resources on the ground. >> reporter: underscori
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Jan 14, 2010 12:30pm EST
washington with the agency for international development. >> i don't think it's high personly to say just about every block you go down in downtown port-au-prince you see bodies on the side of the road on the streets and often the relatives are standing with the bodies because, frankly, they don't know what else to do. they don't know where else to go. >> we need medical support, we need logistic support to get our people out and working. we need people with technical training and with the capacitys to do that. we have all of these resources. pulling it all together and putting it forward in a coordinated way is a real challenge. >> couric: we continue with andrew ross sorkin looking at the testimony today by leading financial executives before a commission investigating the causes of the global economic crisis. >> there was less contrition than i think mesh public wanted. so to the extent this was supposed to be political theater i'm not sure it worked because i don't think there was that apology. >> couric: we conclude this evening with lee bollinger, the president of columbia universit
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Jan 23, 2010 1:30am EST
"washington week." >> let the american people decide how much money is enough. sunshine really does work if you allow it to. >> the roberts court has turned back the clock on our democracy by over a century. gwen: in one major decision, the supreme court rolls back decades of campaign finance limits. quhile while political upheaval of another kind rocks the capital as massachusetts voters pick republican senator scott brown. and how much will be the 41st republican senator weaken the president's agenda? >> it is just nice being out of washington. let me say. and there are nice people in washington but -- in can drive you crazy. gwen: amid aftershocks and confusion, the world copes with the devastation in haiti. covering the week, john biskupic of u.s.a. today and john harwood of cnbc and the "new york times" time and martha raddatz of abc news. ♪ gwen: good evening. perhaps we should have seen it coming, when the supreme court went out of its way to hear new arguments in what was considered a pretty tangent shall campaign finance case. and the citizens turned out to be a important
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Jan 27, 2010 12:00pm EST
moments ago, that you don't think personally as the chief washington correspondent for the new york times, you don't feel that he spent too little time on the economy, but that doesn't -- that doesn't square well with the polls and surveys i'm reading about what the american people think, david. >> that's right. there's also a difference between the amount of time that, as reporters we see a president focus on something and the perception about what he is talking. . and i think that many who are -- who watch the president could, i think, make a legitimate case that he probably didn't spend enough time talking about the issue that americans care about the most, which is job creation. and now was that? because he decided to devote that time to health care and he made the argument, whether you believe it or you don't, that if he didn't get the health care costs under control, it was going to have an affect on the rest of the domestic economy. having made that -- >> but how good a job did they do, david, connecting those things because here again i don't think the average american has h
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Jan 8, 2010 5:30pm EST
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Jan 8, 2010 7:00pm EST
washington policymakers are not, and think reform is still needed. does the nation's most important retirement savings option need to be changed? darren gersh sat down today with some of the industry's leaders and got some answers. >> i want to start with you, jack brennan of vanguard. you mentioned that the 401(k) investors didn't panic over the last year, but was it -- does that mean that they were calm or kind of like a deer in the head lights and didn't know what to do? >> no, actually. they were calm. they were calm -- clearly with the big events. you know, we see the web hits that picked up, but you didn't need to talk people out of doing things that would have been detrimental to their financial security. >> but did the industry fail them and not get them ready for this stock market crash? >> i don't think so at all. you know, 401(k) investors invested for 40 years. and if you look at today, well more than half of the 401(k) investors balances are higher today than two years ago, so hard to describe as this a failure. >> i want to focus in on the idea that people have to impr
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Jan 12, 2010 6:00pm EST
way to get at bonuses. jamie diamond, chairman of jp morgan chase told a washington conference on monday, quote, i'm getting tired of the constant vilification. this is not a casino. still, the issue won't go away. the federal deposit insurance corporation said today that it may impose higher premiums on banks to discourage risky lending and investments. the question of whether to tax banks may not be limited simply the question of whether to tax banks may not be limited simply to costs associated with the so- called tarp program. all told, the federal reserve and the government committed several trillion dollars to the financial system at the height of the crisis. so what, if anything, should be done about the banks? we get two views. bert ely is a banking industry consultant who runs his own firm in northern virginia. and felix salmon is the finance blogger for thomson reuters. previously he worked for roubini global economics. gentlemen, thank you both for being with us. bert ely, to you first. what is your understanding of what form any tax or fee would take? >> well, this is
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Jan 18, 2010 12:30pm EST
in haiti last week from washington, pamela cox, the world bank's vice president, for latin america, and the caribbean region and robert perito an expert on haiti at the u.s. institute of peace. mi pleased to have all of them here. we have been trying to do on this program without sort of access to hate any the same way that large media organizations have is bring to this table people who understand that country, who understand what is necessary to do, and who understand and have, you know, some serious interest from their involvement in seeing positive things come out of what has been an awful tragedy. i began with my friend ray kelly. so you know this country. what has to happen there to respond to this crisis in a way that you have some hope rather than the worst that could unfold. >> well, i think we have to continue to get rescue personnel on the ground. there is still i think an opportunity to save lives there. i mean the death toll, of course, is just phenomenal. but i think saving lives is still a job number one. getting food and water to the population, of course, is critic
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Jan 4, 2010 12:30pm EST
for over 50 years, even before i got to washington. it is an addiction. >> charlie: and reporting is an addiction for you. >> it is. it's fun to find something out that other people don't know. printing it. a lot of people say that this book -- they're amazed at how many facts in there i tell about myself and the things usually you don't put in -- journalists don't put in their memoirs and i say that was my style. >> charlie: what was the hardest thing to put in here? >> i think the most difficult thing was to put in the mistakes i have made -- >> charlie: what was the biggest one in your judgment? we could go through all of them but what's the biggest one in your judgment? >> it may not sound like much but such an embarrassment when chuck colson got me to write a column about suing "time" magazine for reporting that he was involved in the watergate burglary, and i was -- that was my weakness. it's been my weakness. i am so desirous of getting a scoop that sometimes i will grasp at something that a column shouldn't have been written. >> i believe very strongly it is your ear more tha
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Jan 22, 2010 12:30pm EST
new york city, and in washington, and we're working on another city as well because she has these massive sculptures that represent everything she has ever worked for, and i can't wait to share this experience with her and to see her show them to the world. but she is behind all of our success but also her own. in a generation that wasn't so open to having all things at once. she's amazing. >> she has everything she could possibly want. she has her craft and art and children and husband -- >> she always wants more from me. she always raises the bar, which is great. my parents challenge us. >> rose: in this conversation, what is the bar that you want to reach for? i mean, with all of this driving ambition that you now have, that you have always had, always had, you know, and you have committed and here you show us, the tears and the pain show it, yes? >> yes. i love it. >> rose: so where do you see mika 10 years from now? >> that's kind of the unique thing about this. this business will break your heart and it's a bad boyfriend. let's make sure we all know that for the record. but
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Jan 21, 2010 6:00pm EST
. in a washington speech, she singled out china and several other countries. she said they have put up barriers to portions of the web, and censored words, names and phrases in search results. >> countries that censor news and information must recognize that from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech. if businesses in your nations are denied access to either type of information, it will inevitably impact on growth. >> sreenivasan: clinton urged chinese officials to investigate recent cyber attacks on google's e-mail accounts. the chinese government insisted it's treating the issue as a business dispute with google and not a political matter that affects ties with the u.s. in pakistan, military officials announced they will hold off launching new offensives against militants for up to a year. they said they need to consolidate the gains made since last spring. the announcement came during a visit by u.s. defense secretary robert gates. he met with prime minister yusuf gilani, among others, and he called the anti-terro
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Jan 20, 2010 6:00pm EST
victory. >> i bet they can hear this cheering all the way in washington, d.c.! ( applause ) >> ifill: brown's definitive victory over state attorney general martha coakley left senate democrats with 59 votes. that's one short of the super- majority the party's used to get key bills passed. and it instantly raised questions about the fate of health care reform legislation. brown campaigned against the democratic health care bills. he argued they would pose an unfair burden on massachusetts, which already has its own health care system. this morning, the senator-elect said what he opposes is washington's approach to health care. >> i think it's important for everyone to get some sort form of health care. so, to offer a basic plan for everybody, i think, is important. it's just a question of whether we're going to raise taxes, we're going to cut half a trillion from medicare, affect veterans' care. i think we can do it better. >> ifill: republicans declared voters sent a clear message in yesterday-- that democrats need to slow down. >> i'm convinced now that no gamesmanship will be play
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Jan 13, 2010 7:00pm EST
americans and pressure from washington. >> reporter: after bailing out the bankers in 2008 and 2009, washington is beginning 2010 by attacking them. phil angelides, the chairman of the crisis commission, tried to pin down the c.e.o.s of the nation's big banks, holding them responsible for their actions in the financial meltdown. beginning with a goldman sachs strategy of betting against mortgage securities it was selling to clients. that touched off a spirited exchange. >> it sounds little bit to me like selling a car with faulty brakes and then buying an insurance policy on the buyers of those cars. it just doesn't seem to me that is a practice that inspires confidence. >> every purchaser of an asset here is an institution probably professional only investors dedicated to this business. >> representing pension funds who have the life savings of police officers, teachers. >> these are the professional investors who want this exposure. >> reporter: blankfein argued wall street was mostly a middle man helping to package and sell securities that other sophisticated investors were eager
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Jan 6, 2010 6:00pm EST
dakota, did the same. gwen ifill has the story. >> ifill: after 35 years in washington, senator dodd went home today to connecticut, to announce his decision not to run again. >> there are moments for each elected public official, to step aside, and let someone else step up. this is my moment to step aside. >> ifill: at 66, dodd is chairman of the senate banking committee. but 2009 was a long year for him, and his reelection prospects had recently grown shaky. >> i lost a beloved sister in july and in august, ted kennedy. i battled cancer over the summer, and in the midst of all of this, i found myself in the toughest political shape of my career. none of these events or circumstances, either individually or collectively is the cause of my decision not to seek relection. yet together, these challenges have given me pause to take stock and to ask questions that too few of us in elected public life ever do. why am i running? >> ifill: news of dodd's decision came on the heels of senator dorgan's statement that he plans to retire, too. like dodd, he was facing a potentially tight race i
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Jan 29, 2010 6:00pm EST
, worked to his advantage. >> i bit. everyone was sort of charged up about it. all of washington is actually very excited about it. people were thrilled. i mean, and democrats were very thrilled. the president's naturally going to dominate an event like that. he's got the podium. they are just holding handhelds. but republicans were thrilled too. i spoke to a bunch of republicans who were there afterwards and people who are-- . >> lehrer: what did they say. >> they were happy. they said he said all along we don't have plans but over and over again he acknowledged yeah, we do have alternatives, we've been offering them. so they acknowledged that he got most of the time, he did very well. but they were thrilled that they got some points across. and they were thrilled by the exchange. and i think americans will be thrilled by the exchange, to the extent they see it and will it lead to a mass depolarization, not exactly, obviously. and you know, there are fundamental differences on manys like health care there are just different approaches. but i think one of the things the president di
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Jan 14, 2010 7:00pm EST
vote against in an election year. darren gersh, "nightly business report", washington. >> susie: also in washington, more tough questions for the key players in the financial crisis. the financial crisis inquiry commission called in today top regulators to explain what caused the meltdown in the nation's financial system. their testimony came a day after the c.e.o.s of nation's biggest banks admitted to the commission the mistakes they made that contributed to the crisis. in the hot seat today, the attorney general, the head of the securities and exchange commission and the top banking regulator. f.d.i.c. chair sheila bair told the panel regulating wall street's big banks isn't easy. >> somebody has to take away the punch bowl, and it can be very difficult to take away the punch bowl when, you know, people are making money at it now. but i think going forward, this is a key lesson learned. >> tom: now, the man who is running those hearings joins us. phil angelides, chairman of the financial crisis inquiry commission. mister angelides welcome back to n.b.r. >> good to be with you
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Jan 27, 2010 9:00pm EST
washington. and i welcome you to this special edition of the "newshour." in a few minutes, president obama will deliver his first state of the union address to a joint session of congress. you're looking at a live shot of the floor of the u.s. house of representatives where most of official washington is gathering to hear the speech. it comes as the president is confronting sagging approval ratings and the political fallout from a surprisingly strong republican victory last week in the massachusetts senate race. white house officials say tonight's address will mark a shift in tone and emphasis for the president, in response to rising public anger over the state of the economy. with me tonight, as they often are on big occasions, are shields and brooks-- that's syndicated columnist mark shields and "new york times" columnist david brooks. david, what are your expectationes on the speech tonight, sir? >> on policy it's going to be jobdz and the economy. how does he talk about health care? is it sort of a throw-away line-- yes, i'm still for it-- or does he actually come out strong and
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Jan 27, 2010 5:30pm EST
nations. >> then it changed. in february, 2003, lord goldsmith visited washington, meeting condoleezza rice and other members of the bush administration. by the time he returned, he believed war was justified. on march 17, he gave his authority for war, reporting his conclusion to the cabinet, but there was no cabinet discussion. >> i recall telling the cabinet there is another point of view and this is the conclusion i have reached, and then the discussion on the legality simply stopped. >> what of the media reports that it was pressure from tony blair that forced lord goldsmith to change his mind on the war? >> it was alleged that you were pinned to the wall, who allegedly had performed a pincer movement on you and told you what belair wanted. would you like to comment on that? >> absolutely complete and utter nonsense. >> it was hours of discussion about the wording of the u.n. resolution which lord goldsmith became convinced after the full legal justification for innovation. >>> in nigeria, the senate and cabinet are at loggerheads over the future of the president. he has been out
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Jan 15, 2010 5:30pm EST
have reported on horribly similar event. first from washington, james, who covered hurricane katrina. >> i drove into new orleans a couple of days after hurricane katrina had struck and the levees have broken. once you took in the scale of the flooding and the devastation, you had the sense that this was america's superpower, it did not seem to be able to coordinate things for something like this. there was also the question of looting, law-and-order breaking down. new marlins -- new orleans has always had a crime problem. you have military coming in, members of the national guard and armed forces. they were drafted and it felt very much like a war zone at times, quite eerie, no lights and military figures walking around. >> it was five weeks after hurricane katrina that the earthquake struck in pakistan's northern areas. it was on a saturday a little before nine in the morning. our team was one of the first to get on the ground and view the magnitude of that earthquake. when we got there, we saw schools destroyed, lots of children trapped under buildings. parents were screaming for
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Jan 7, 2010 5:30pm EST
washington about his concern that america's intelligence agencies failed to make use of information they had to stop the detroit bomb plotters, boarding better. on for the united states on christmas day. also, they fell to join the dots, as sources put it, over the fort hood shootings. the national security adviser has said many americans will be shocked by the findings of the white house report. that is coming up. thank you for being with us. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> i'm julia stiles. >> i'm kevin bacon. >> i'm kim cattrall. >> hi, i'm ken burns. >> i'm lili taylor. >> i'm henry louis gates, jr., and public broadcasting is my source for news about the world. >> for intelligent conversation. >> for election coverage you can count on. >> for conversations beyond the
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